Kitty Cornered: How Frannie and Five Other Incorrigible Cats Seized Control of Our House and Made it Their Home

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Algonquin Books, 2012 - Humor - 288 pages
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Bob Tarte had his first encounter with a cat when he was two and a half years old. He should have learned his lesson then, from Fluffy. But as he says, “I listened to my heart instead, and that always leads to trouble.” In this tell-all of how the Tarte household grew from one recalcitrant cat to six—including a hard-to-manage stray named Frannie—Tarte confesses to allowing these interlopers to shape his and his wife’s life, from their dining habits to their sleeping arrangements to the placement and furriness of their furniture. But more than that, Bob begins seeing Frannie and the other cats as unlikely instructors in the art of achieving contentment, even in the face of illness and injury. Bewitched by the unknowable nature of domesticated cats, he realizes that sometimes wildness and mystery are exactly what he needs.

With the winning humor and uncanny ability to capture the soul of the animal world that made Enslaved by Ducks a success, Tarte shows us that life with animals gives us a way out of our narrow human perspective to glimpse something larger, more enduring, and more grounded in the simplicities of love—and catnip.
 

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Review: Kitty Cornered: How Frannie and Five Other Incorrigible Cats Seized Control of Our House and Made It Their Home

User Review  - Ashley - Goodreads

While I loved all the kitty characters, Bob and his wife were a little too fruity for me. I've decided bird people are a special level of nuts above cat people. And I hate birds. Read full review

Review: Kitty Cornered: How Frannie and Five Other Incorrigible Cats Seized Control of Our House and Made It Their Home

User Review  - Kate - Goodreads

I give it an extra star because I'm a cat lover! Volunteering in the cat room of an animal shelter, my inner voice may have heckled him, but putting my scared-cat expertise aside, I love the journey ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 The Wisp of the Woods
7
Chapter 2 Dark Hour of the Walleye
31
Chapter 3 Out in the Sticks
51
Chapter 4 Fred Mertz Meets the Mummy
75
Chapter 5 The Funnel of Happiness
95
Chapter 6 The Cats of Winter
117
Chapter 7 The Cat You Cant Do Anything With
139
Chapter 10 Dont Call Him Mr CuddleWuddle
199
Chapter 11 The AntiFrannie
217
Chapter 12 My Brief Career as a Psychic
237
Chapter 13 Living in a Walled City
257
Chapter 14 Funneled Again
275
Acknowledgments and Culpability
287
Also Available from Algonquin Books
289
About the Author
290

Chapter 8 The War Between the Cats
159
Chapter 9 Out of the Weeds
179

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About the author (2012)

Bob Tarte wrote for The Beat magazine for twenty years. He has also written for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Miami New Times, the Whole Earth Review, and other publications. He hosts the What Were You Thinking? podcast for petliferadio.com. He and his wife Linda live in Lowell, Michigan, and currently serve the whims of parrots, ducks, geese, parakeets, a rabbit, doves, hens, one turkey, and way too many cats.

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